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LegitScript sinks rogue online pharmacy 'mothership'
December 13th, 2012
PORTLAND, Ore. – LegitScript has shut down MyRxCash.com, an Internet pharmacy affiliate marketing portal that it said was connected to hundreds of websites flagged by drug safety regulators as selling unregulated prescription drugs without a prescription.
The Internet pharmacy monitoring and compliance firm said Thursday MyRxCash.com was identified in a Food and Drug Administration warning letter earlier this year as "offering unapproved and misbranded drugs," by selling prescription drugs without a prescription and drugs that hadn't been approved for safety and efficacy.
MyRxCash.com was a key "anchor" website among hundreds in an online pharmacy network commonly known as "MyRxCash," where Internet marketers could download predesigned online pharmacy templates and set up multiple Internet pharmacies selling unapproved drugs and prescription-only medicines without a prescription online, explained LegitScript president John Horton.
Affiliate marketers would then gain up to 40% commission on each illicit drug sale, according to LegitScript.
"This website was like a proverbial 'mothership' that spawned hundreds of unlicensed, unregulated rogue online pharmacies selling prescription-only medicines to patients, thus putting their health and safety at risk," Horton said in a statement.
LegitScript's blog stated that the company had already shut hundreds of MyRxCash's online pharmacies and that LegitScript would continue targeting the network at the domain name and payment platform levels.
"The name of the program itself, MyRxCash, underscores what these dangerous online pharmacies are really all about: profits, not patient safety," Horton added.
LegitScript reported that it closed or disabled over 15,000 rogue pharmacy websites in this year and about 30,000 since 2009.
The firm is endorsed by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) on the behalf of its regulatory boards as a resource for registrars and other Internet companies to verify the legitimacy of websites selling prescription drugs and other health care products. LegitScript was also identified earlier this year by Interpol as assisting its efforts as part of Operation Pangea, a global effort focused on shutting down illicit online drug sellers.
LegitScript said it works with a variety of leading Internet platforms, including major search engines and e-commerce portals, to ensure that their platforms aren't misused by rogue Internet pharmacies. Internet users can check online pharmacy legitimacy or report a rogue Internet pharmacy at legitscript.com.